Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Packing Supplies Found in the Kitchen

This season of my life is devoted to moving! The days of designing/painting signs and decorating my house will return, but right now it's all about purging, packing, and planning! 

My mom has graciously been helping me pack my kitchen.  I don't even want to help me pack my kitchen!  There are necessary supplies to purchase such as boxes and tape, but we've been using supplies that I already had on hand to protect the items inside the boxes. 

 Breakable home decor items were carefully packed by my dad using all of my dishtowels

For Mason jars, glasses, coffee mugs, etc., we've been placing them individually inside a lunch bag.  They are very well protected! 

Coffee filters have been used to wrap around smaller glasses so that I can fit two into a lunch bag.   Coffee filters or napkins make a nice a buffer between stacked small bowls. 

Larger items were wrapped with paper cut from a 60 yard roll that costs about $3 (found in the paint department of your hardware store). I had some of this on hand left over from the Cardboard Party, but I did buy another roll for packing.  

Napkins were used between plates. 

I'd love to know some of your moving and packing tips! Especially if it involves saving money!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Summer is for Relaxing…I Mean Packing!

It's finally summertime! School is officially out for our family of two students and two teachers.

We are trying to recover from the busyness of the last couple weeks of school & relax for a brief moment before all of the packing begins for our move.

This Lemonade sign I made cheers me up and reminds me of summer. In the stressful times ahead of us with moving, I'm hoping to slow down and enjoy a little bit of summer too…maybe with a glass of lemonade!

This sign is now available in my shop! ;)

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Just Paint It!

Do you like to paint? 

I like painting because of the instant satisfaction…once all the prep is done! 

I took some pictures of the house this week and was reminded of all the things that I've painted over the years like my front door...

 and walls, fireplace surround, and the signs on the fireplace…

and my kitchen cabinets, more signs, and the pantry door…

and baseboards (I've actually painted them 3 different colors then back to white!)…

and more walls, ceiling, cabinets, and a sign…

 and exterior trim on the extra garage (aka "Carriage House"), and stain on the play set.

Don't be afraid to make some changes at your house with a little bit of paint! 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Reflecting on the Before, Pursuing the After

I don't know about you, but sometimes I can get stuck thinking about the "to do" list and forget about all that has been "done".  I came across a photo I snapped when we first bought our home and stopped to be grateful for all that we have accomplished.  

I need to try to recreate this exact photo so you can see that the new ceiling fans are so much more attractive. (I hope you're not a ceiling fan hater...we love them and use them...we just like them to not have brass and a woven wicker look!)

These photos remind me of walls & cabinets that have been painted, curtains that have been sewn, light fixtures that have been updated, blinds that have been removed.... 

It is encouraging to think about what has been done when feeling overwhelmed about what's left to do. This doesn't just apply to making your house a home, but in life! 

I love to reflect on the growth and maturity in my kids or to see how God has been faithful in situations or relationships.  It is easy to get overwhelmed with difficult circumstances in life (parenting, work, relationships, finances), but God is not done with us! Try reflecting back on that "before" picture in your life to remind yourself of what God has brought you through or imagine what that "after" picture might look.  Pray for it and pursue it.  "Direction, not intention determines your destination." - Andy Stanley.

Friday, February 13, 2015

I'm WHEELY glad we're friends

Happy Valentine's Day!

I hope you are taking some time to do something special for the ones you love and not just getting caught up in the craziness of getting all the supplies ready for the kids' school party. :)

I tried to keep it simple this year, but I still felt like throwing in the towel half way through the Valentine card making/signing madness!  But we finished without tears (me and them) and enjoyed most of the process.

I decided not to buy cards this year and make them again (what's new?), but I wanted to keep it simple. The boys and I each needed 33+ cards for our school Valentine's party.

I cut simple hearts with slits to slide onto pencils from myself to the students and simply signed my name on the heart.

My youngest (with a little help) glued a mustache, eyes, and hat onto a heart. They turned out so cute...extra glue smeared here and there and all!

My oldest simply signed his name on to cards I designed, printed, and cut. They were WHEELY simple but WHEELY cute.

He also really wanted to make "dill pickle" valentines and use the phrase "You mean a great DILL to me" like he'd seen on a TV show. I thought it would be fun, but not times 33. So he made pickles in canning jar cards for the teachers at our school with pieces I cut using my Silhouette.

I spent $4 on supplies from the dollar store (pencils and googly eyes) and a couple of dollars on card stock from an office supply store that sells it by the sheet. I love how we each made different cards but had a unified color scheme.

Enjoy your loved ones this weekend and always! 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

More Feed & Seed

I had a cream colored board just waiting to be painted for a while. 
I designed this FEED AND SEED sign for it a couple of weeks ago and just loved it. 

Then I wondered if I'd love it in black and white… Yes! I do! 

If you fall in love with them, you can find them in my Etsy shop.   :)

Saturday, January 31, 2015

House Updates: Yard Sales, Deals, and Family Treasures

Over the last couple of years, I've been making changes to our living area. We have a somewhat open concept living room, dining room, and kitchen.  My goal is to have pleasant but neutral background in these spaces that can be enhanced with accessories and colors as the seasons change. My main color palette of white, gray, and black seems to be simple and sophisticated at the same time and easily enhanced.

Recently I decided I'd had enough of my old dining table and worn out chairs with no padding left. I'd been wanting to get the Ikea Henriksdal chairs with long white slipcovers for a while…even with two messy boys. Crazy. I know. (But you can wash them!!) 

In order to make these changes, with *zero* budget for new furniture, I decided to sell my old dining table, chairs, and a sofa table to get the needed cash. I posted pictures on a local yard sale site and happily sold my items fairly quickly. The Greyson table came from World Market. I absolutely love the color, texture, shape…everything!

We sat on folding chairs for a few weeks. Then we were able to get our Ikea chairs. All the buzz and excitement around here about the new chairs have actually helped the kids to not be so messy. I also drape a white hand towel on their chair cushions so that can be washed easily and catch the crumbs and spills. So far so good!

I've been having fun changing out the pillow covers on my couch lately for some quick changes. My neutral background is working out great for these updates.  H&M Home has adorable covers for as low as $5.95. I have this one and this one! The gray/white plaid checked covers are from Ikea.

One of my favorite recent additions is this butcher block table my grandpa made years ago.

I've had the pleasure of keeping it at my house since my parent's moved to a smaller house. The galley shape of my kitchen doesn't allow for me to use it properly as an island, but I finally found a good home for it as an end table. It is a little unconventional, but I actually wanted a large scale table for this location. I have vaulted ceilings and large scale furniture so it fits in perfectly.

It also reminds me of my grandparents. :)  (Hi, Grandma!)

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